A Desolation Called Peace (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Books) 5 stars

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with …

much better than the first one

4 stars

I wasn't sure whether to start this, because the first one was a bit hard to follow, but it was very good! It took up some of the themes of "A Memory Called Empire" and explored them in another, deeper way. Also, it was a lot more thrilling, and the characters became more fleshed out and interesting. Had a great time, recommended!